Class News 1/14/22

January 14, 2022 Class News

We had a nice week together in kindergarten, reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: by and words. Next week we will learn not and what. 

Phonics: Our Words Their Way lesson this week focused on a new digraph (two letters that go together to make one sound)! We reviewed the letters c and h and learned that together, they make the ch sound. We practiced differentiating these new sounds. During spelling, students cut out their sort cards, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with c, h, and ch.

Literacy Centers: Students were busy practicing their literacy skills during literacy centers this week. At the library center, students enjoyed reading and looking at pictures in books from their book bins. At the phonics center, students participated in a beginning sound write the room! Various cards were around our classroom, students had to find each card and figure out the beginning sound in the picture shown. Once they figured out the beginning sound, they recorded the word on a recording sheet! In our reading groups, we are working more in depth on our digraphs! This week students used highlighters to highlight words that had our ‘ch’ digraph within them. They then had to match words to pictures and record the words!

Writer’s Workshop: This week we read one of my favorite winter books, “Snowmen at Night” and wrote our own version of what we would do if we were a snowman at night. We ripped up paper to create a mosaic snowman to go with our writing. Then, we read a different version, “Snowmen at Christmas” and used a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two stories. 

We continue to focus on including 4 things in our sentences, using our “Fab 4 checklist.”

1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.

2. Spaces between words.

3. Period at the end of a sentence.

4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: This week, we began a new Common Core Standard – composing and decomposing numbers 1-10 (breaking down numbers into their sub-parts, for example we can break apart 4 into 2 and 2, 3 and 1, 4 and 0). We explored this concept by using a number of unifix cubes and breaking them apart in two groups in a variety of ways. We also explored this concept by using two different colored counters to show numbers on a tens frame. This skill helps lay a foundation for algebraic and operational thinking. We are continuing to navigate the 100s chart and count by 10s!

Social Studies/Science: We read books about Martin Luther King Jr. and took time to notice and celebrate the differences in our own classroom! In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., we created a dove “peace” necklace! We continued the discussion that the color of our skin or the appearance of people on the outside does not determine what is inside of our hearts. 

Kelso’s Choice: Miss Shaw, our school counselor visited our classroom to introduce the class to our conflict management skills curriculum, Kelso’s Choices. There are 9 different specific strategies for children to use to solve small problems on their own. The choices are wonderful because it empowers our students to solve problems at recess, in the classroom, at home, everywhere! It might be helpful for you to familiarize yourself with the choices and reinforce them at home – the “wheel of choices” are attached. They can also be found in the “helpful handouts” page. This week, students discussed the difference between a small problem and a big problem as well as the difference between tattling and reporting. Students listened to a scenario and categorized it as a small problem that they should use a Kelso’s choice to solve, or a big problem where they need an adult’s help. We learned that tattling is when you tell an adult about a small problem that you can solve on your own with a Kelso’s choice. Reporting is when you tell an adult about a big problem.

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Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words. 
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly. 
  • I can read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 17th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
  • January 31st – February 4h – Catholic Schools Week. Please see school website for more details on this week!
  • Monday, February 14th– Valentine’s Day Celebration!
    • Your child may bring in one Valentine for each student in our class. No names please! We had 26 students.
  • Friday February 18th – Noon Dismissal – Winter Holiday
  • Monday February 21st, Tuesday February 22nd – No School, Winter Holiday

Best,

Miss Williamson